Oscar Awards, also called Academy awards are always considered as the greatest honour in the field of cinema. Many famous film personalities bash this claim and there are many others who consider Cannes as more “international” than Oscars. Academy does not allow Indian films to participate at the same level as Hollywood films. There are many Bollywood films which could have easily won an Oscar if they were Hollywood production. Let us mention five of them:
1. Gangs of WasseypurThis modern classic of Bollywood could have easily won an Academy Award in the categories of Best Actor(Nawazuddin Siddiqui/ Manoj Bajpayee) and Best Director (Anurag Kashyap). The movie earned a standing ovation at prestigious Cannes Film festival . Gangs of Wasseypur would remain as one of the best movies to come out of Bollywood.
2. The LunchboxThis romantic film narrates a tale of a widower and a house wife connected by a lunchbox. The Lunchbox encompasses wonderful performances by Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Nimrat Kaur and a beautiful story by Ritesh Batra. It was also nominated for BAFTA award in Foreign Film Category.
3. KahaaniKahaani, a wonderful thriller from Sujoy Ghosh is ornamented with a majestic performance by Vidya Balan for which she won an IIFA award. This movie created a sensation in Bollywood with its unique style and candid portrayal of Kolkata. All in all, it’s credentials dovetails with the requirements for an Oscar award.
4. A WednesdayA Wednesday is an edge-of-the-seat thriller which grips you till the climax where it culminates into the unexpected. Naseeruddin Shah’s flawless performance as The Common Man adds to the wonderful story and direction of Neeraj Pandey. This film was remade into Hollywood as A Common Man with Ben Kingsley reprising the role of Shah.
5. LagaanLagaan is a post-colonial sports film which brings out the cruelty of the British towards the Indians. It wonderfully portrays villagers attempt to fight the British against the taxation, which gives the movie its title. The movie reflects the brilliance of Ashutosh Gowariker’s brilliant direction and his niche in making historical dramas.